Killer Shortcuts: Dock Windows Side By Side

Have you ever needed to compare the content of 2 Windows and just used the Alt + Tab  shortcut in Windows to constantly swap to and fro? Or perhaps, you had to manually use your mouse to drag the corners of the 1st window to fit nicely on the left and then drag the other window to fit on the right. Thankfully, there’s a power shortcut key in Windows 7 and later versions that lets you dock Windows side by side within seconds: Windows Key + Left / Right Arrows


Simply, select one window and  press Windows Key + Left Arrow  to dock the window to the left. And for the 2nd window, just press Windows Key  + Right Arrow. And abacadabra, you get windows perfectly docked side by side!

So below, you see Windows all over the place  and want it docked nicely.



Assuming I want my web browser on the left, so I select it and press Windows Key + Left Button. And for my Word processor window, I want it on my right, so I just press Windows Key + Right Arrow. And there you have it, beautifully docked windows side by side. You can read content on your web browser while writing notes down in your Word file. You can use this powerful feature to compare pdf files, excel files or even surf the web while keeping a video window open at the side too.



This current shortcut only works for Windows. For Mac users, there’s no such power shortcut in Mac OS, but because I love this feature so much. I’ve managed to find an equivalent app that simulates the shortcut key feature for Mac OS. It’s  called ShiftIt. Just download and install it. I personally use it and it works perfectly.

If you’re curious to also explore the power of the Windows key, here are some other power shortcuts that I use all the time.

  • Win Key + Up Arrow = Maximize Window
  • Win Key + Down Arrow = Minimize Window
  • Win Key  + M = Show Desktop


The 1st Thing to Do When You Buy a New PC

It’s always a joy when you get your hands on a brand new computer or upgrade to a new cutting edge OS. But it also means the hassle of downloading individual software and installing them one by one. If you’re like me and use all types of  software, this process of clicking next-next-next on installation wizards could take hours. But fret not, there’s an app that lets you bulk-install applications which I discovered years ago. It’s called Ninite.


In a nutshell, Ninite consolidates the most popular free applications and lets you download it in a single installer file. This saves you time and effort from the traditional way of downloading and installing one by one.

So how does Ninite work? It’s really super duper simple.

Step 1: Select all the apps you want and click ‘Get Installer
(*Note: If you’re clueless about which to select, scroll to the bottom of the post where I will recommend my fav apps)

Install Ninite Step 1

Step 2:  Download the file

Ninite Install Step 2

Step 3: Run the file, sit back and let the magic unfold.

Perhaps you could go have a shower, and when you’re back, everything will be installed. It’s really that simple!

At the moment, Ninite supports Windows and Linux. I’ve been searching for a Ninite equivalent for Mac OS, but to no avail. So yes, Windows and Ubuntu users, you are one lucky bunch of people!

The official website for Ninite is


Additional Information: Apps that I personally use and recommend


  • Chrome (ease-of-use, speed, extensions),
  • Firefox (access to ton of add-ons, personal privacy and away from pryng eyes of Google),
  • Opera (Opera was once the king of speed & usability in the early and mid 2000s before Google introduced Chrome in 2008)

MESSAGING: Skype, Google Talk



  • iTunes (for Mac devices)
  • VLC (the best free video and multimedia player in the market)
  • Winamp (I’ve been using Winamp since 1999 and still love it because it uses the least memory & system resources, compared to any other music player the past 15 years)
  • Audacity (the best free open-source music editor software for recording , editing, mixing)
  • K-Lite Codecs (all the necessary video codecs you ever need to run your videos smoothly)

RUNTIME: Java, NET, Silverlight, Air

ONLINE STORAGE: Dropbox, Google Drive


  •  Picasa (The most intuitive, easy-to-use  application for organizing, editing your photos.You can easily favourite photos by “Starring” them by pressing the space button. Then, easily select these Starred photos and directly upload to Facebook or other social media. For Photoshop-phobic people, Picasa has a host of easy-to-use picture editing features  extremely simple and if you’re lazy, you would probably love “I’m Feeling Lucky” edit feature that is a one-click fix for your image lighting and colour. Lastly, I also like the Export function that lets you select one or more pictures, easily bulk-resize them or add watermark captions all at once)
  • GIMP (the best open-source alternative to Adobe Photoshop)


  • OpenOffice (open-source alternative to Microsoft Office),
  • Reader (to read PDF files)


  • Avast (reliable & light on system resources) ,
  • MalWareBytes (effective malware, rootkit protection)


  • Python, 
  • FileZilla (for web developers who use WS FTP),
  • Notepad++, 
  • JDK, 
  • Eclipse (for Android development)

These are the applications that I have been using for many years. If you’re not a developer,  you can ignore the ‘Developer Tools’ section, but definitely consider downloading all the others that I suggested.

And that’s all for the 2nd post of Tech Kung Fu. Hope you enjoyed today’s killer tip and feel free to share. Chop by chop, you’re on your way to becoming a kung fu tech master!